What’s On: The Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival (PNFFF)

The Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival (PNFFF) celebrates its 10th edition on September 5-15, marking the anniversary with an range of films for all ages, screening in unique venues across SE15.

The PNFFF was South London’s first free film festival when it launched in 2010, and since then this community event has inspired a number of free festivals in neighbouring areas, all organised by volunteers.

This year’s PNFFF features 17 events over 10 days. Among this year’s highlights are the opening night film at Peckhamplex – the London premiere of The River and the Wall – and the ever popular Nunhead Cemetery outdoor screening on September 7 with cult black comedy Harold and Maude.

There’s a bike-powered screening with Electric Pedals of Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse, a trip down memory lane with The Glenn Miller Story – complete with a live performance from the South London Jazz Orchestra – and train-based classic The Lady Vanishes in the lovingly restored Old Waiting Room at Peckham Rye railway station.

The all-day Afrikans on Film Festival is back at the Bussey Building, Steve McQueen’s Widows comes to Peckham Palms, and people can get involved in Super 8 and movie music vinyl nights in local pubs.

There’s also an older people’s afternoon screening of The King and I at The Green in Nunhead.

Community workshops have always played an important part of the Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival, including those organised by the Women in Film group that grew out of the festival.

And this year the Pempeople’s space in the heart of Peckham plays host to a celebration of short animations made by seven to 25-year-olds.

One of the original founders, Howard Francis, said: “Over the years, people have enjoyed the range of events that we have organised.

“We have tried to take film out to the local community in locations that give people different experiences of watching a film.”

Details of all the film screenings and activities are available on the festival website at https://www.freefilmfestivals.org/filmfestival/peckham-nunhead/

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